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How will you access the NBN?

The NBN's multi-technology deployment strategy will see a variety of methods used to connect all Australians to the National Broadband Network. The deployment method for each residence is pre-determined by NBN Co and will vary depending on where you live.

While all NBN connections will make use of super-fast fibre optic cabling, some connections will also utilise existing copper infrastructure or 4G wireless technology to make the final leg of the journey.

Fixed Wireless NBN

A fixed wireless connection will be used for premises where direct access to the NBN is too difficult or uneconomical. In these instances, fibre will be rolled out to 2,600 NBN towers which will transmit data the remainder of the journey wirelessly. Each premises using the technology will have an antennae fitted to the roof by an approved NBN installer to receive the incoming signal. The number of premises being serviced by any given tower is ‘fixed’, so there’s always a consistent data allocation for every fixed wireless connection. This ensures every user has much faster and more reliable broadband.

NBN fixed wireless

Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) NBN

Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections will see brand new fibre optic cables connecting your premises directly to the NBN. As the connection extends all the way to your premises, a device is required to be installed inside your home by an approved NBN installer. 


Fibre-to-the-Basement (FTTB) NBN

Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) connections are used for multi-dwelling premises like apartment blocks. NBN Fibre is deployed to a common point, usually inside a building’s communications room. The internal copper wiring inside the building is then used to complete the final leg of the connection to each individual dwelling. 


Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) NBN 

Fibre-to-the-Node will be the most common type of NBN internet connection. Installation involves rolling out fibre optic cables to a common node in the area. The node will most likely take the form of a street cabinet installed by NBN Co. From the node, existing copper infrastructure will finish the connection to each individual premises. 


Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) NBN

HFC technology will be used mostly around Australia's capital cities, with an estimated 4 million premises to be connected with the technology. In a HFC connection, NBN fibre is rolled out to a common node in the neighbourhood. From the node, coaxial cable will complete the connection to the business premises. Coaxial cable has commonly been used to connect pay TV services and is made of insulated copper to prevent any external interference.


You will receive notification in the mail a few weeks before NBN installation is about to commence. It’s important to be aware of when NBN coverage will reach your address, as the existing copper network will be disconnected soon after NBN availability. For more information check out the MyNetFine NBN Speed Guide.

If your place is ready for the National Broadband Network, check out our competitive NBN plans here or speak to one of our helpful staff on 1300 731 048.

Check if your premises is NBN-ready by searching your address on the NBN rollout map.



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Posted by at 2:42 pm 2 Comments


David said over 4 years ago

You missed one method which is going to be used in quite a number of areas - HFC. Poor form for a blog which purports to know what it's talking about.

Phone Data Points said over 3 years ago

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